HypnoBirthing in Australia

We are very proud to have over 190 Gold Seal HypnoBirthing Educators in Australia, with those numbers rapidly growing as we run educator trainings in each state every year.

The HypnoBirthing® Institute has appointed an experienced and professional team to lead HypnoBirthing International in Australia and to ensure that families and educators have the most relevant education and support. This team is called the Australian Steering Committee.

Meet the Committee for HypnoBirthing International in Australia:


Anthea Thomas
Vice President – HypnoBirthing Institute

Anthea Thomas

Anthea is a passionate health professional, an experienced Antenatal Educator, Speaker and Hypnotherapist supporting families in conception, pregnancy, birthing and parenting. Anthea is the Vice President of the HypnoBirthing® Institute. She is the Director of HypnoBirthing International in Australia, a Global Presence Ambassador for Parenting 2.0 and Vice President of CAPEA QLD (Childbirth and Parenting Educators of Australia).

Anthea is working with therapy based on the philosophy that our unconscious minds can heal our bodies, and control the delicate process of conception and birthing. She is focused on helping people find their unlimited potential in all areas of life, on helping women to rediscover their natural birthing instincts and works to provide couples with information about their bodies, the birth process, how their mind affects conception and birth helping to empower them to take control of their own journey.

Anthea is married and has two children. She lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
Click here to contact Anthea via our HypnoBirthing Educator Directory. 

Steering Committee Members

Candace BorgCandace Borg
BHSc (Nat) BSc (Biomed)

Candace Borg is a qualified Naturopath, Natural Fertility Educator and HypnoBirthing Educator. Candace incorporates safe and effective therapies in the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions. Focusing on the successful integration of general health measures into everyday life, it is Candace’s goal to help those she sees reach and maintain a high level of health, and pregnancy without complicated or radical changes to their lifestyle.

Studying both a Bachelor of Biological Science (Biomedical Science) and Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) gives Candace the unique ability to assess health from not only a medical but a naturopathic perspective also. Candace is an active member of the Melbourne Naturopathic, HypnoBirthing and vegan community. She regularly updates her knowledge and clinical skills by attending seminars and workshops on a broad range of health and medical issues.

Candace is a registered member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA) and Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN). She is regularly presenting at various organisations and corporations on various health topics.

It is Candace’s passion to help individuals successfully battle complicated health challenges, and to find health and happiness through natural approaches.

Candace practices from two clinics (Northcote Natural Therapies and Strengthening Your Health, Naturally) but also offers Skype appointments. She is the founder of Melbourne HypnoBirthing that offers group and private HypnoBirthing classes in various locations around Melbourne. Candace is also the creator and founder of an organic loose leaf tea range, One Leaf At A Time and is soon to launch a natural, palm oil free, pregnancy safe skincare range named Purely Vegan.

Click here to contact Candace via our HypnoBirthing Educator Directory

Amanda BudeAmanda Bude
Midwife, Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant, Certified HypnoBirthing Educator & Certified Infant Massage Practitioner

Amanda Bude is a Registered Nurse/Midwife with 17 years experience in Antenatal, Postnatal and Birth care and Reproductive Health. The impending arrival of her first child, led her into further studies of Natural Childbirth Education, and the arrival of her twins into her passion SLEEP!

Proudly the first Midwife in Australia to become a Certified Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant her business Groovy Babies combines working with families for HypnoBirthing, Maternity and Child Sleep and Settling, and Baby Massage Classes.

Click here to contact Amanda via our HypnoBirthing Educator Directory

Trish CummingTrish Cumming
HBCE, Childbirth Doula, Hypnotherapist

Patricia Cumming is a mother of three, a HypnoBirthing Educator (The Mongan Method), Childbirth Doula (Childbirth International) and is a qualified Hypnotherapist. Patricia (Trish) has always had a fascination with all things birth and was delighted when she became a mother herself initially in 1999. This fascination coupled with her own birth experiences was what lead her to become a HypnoBirthing Educator in 2006 and later a Childbirth Doula in 2010.

Click here to contact Patricia via our HypnoBirthing Educator Directory

Carrie JeffCarrie Jeff
HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator,  Birth Doula, Registered Pregnancy Yoga Instructor, Hypnotherapist and Active Birth & Meditation Teacher

Mother of 3, Carrie is a Birth Doula, Registered Pregnancy Yoga Instructor, Hypnotherapist, HypnoBirthing  Childbirth Educator and Active Birth & Meditation Teacher. Carrie owns a busy yoga studio, Joymamma, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and is also a facilitator for the Sunshine Coast Positive Birth Movement. Passionate about holding a safe and sacred space, Carrie works closely with women to help them prepare their bodies and minds for the powerful experience of birth through regular HypnoBirthing, Active Birth and Pregnancy Yoga classes. Carrie’s belief and philosophy is that the more understanding and trust we bring to the amazing process of pregnancy, birth and motherhood, the more positive and life-enhancing our experiences can be.

Click here to contact Carrie via our HypnoBirthing Educator Directory

Helena HentzHelena Hentz 
HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator, Doula, Certified Infant Massage Instructor & HypnoMothering® Practitioner

Helena is originally from the Czech Republic and worked in Austria and in Rep. of Maldives for several years before she and her husband came to Perth in 2006. She is a mum to two gorgeous children & during her first pregnancy she truly discovered her interest in pregnancy, birth and parenting; she found everything so fascinating. The birth of her son Zizou in 2007 was a life changing experience. In the last months of her pregnancy she learned about HypnoBirthing, and the techniques that she gained allowed her to look forward to her birth and enjoy every moment of it. After her beautiful and calm birth experience she realised she was on the right path to find the “something” missing in her life; the “work” that she could truly love with all her heart:

Her initial interest has grown into a deep passion & she completed her training as a Doula and as a Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner. Helena has welcomed more than 120 babies into the world since her doula training. Helena feels privileged to be invited to share this personal time with couples and truly believes that every woman and every baby deserves a positive and empowering birth experience.

Helena is also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and is affiliated with Childbirth International, HypnoBirthing® Institute, International Association of Infant Massage, Australian Doula’s and the Community Midwifery WA Perinatal Support Project for refugee women and migrants.

Click here to contact Helena via our HypnoBirthing Educator Directory.


Alecia Staines
B.A.Sc, P.G.Dip Ed, HBCE, Fertile Body Practitioner.

Alecia StainesAlecia is a mother-of-three, who grew up in rural South Western Queensland in a small farming community. She has been involved with HypnoBirthing for over 7 years, having HypnoBirthed all three of her children and is also a HypnoBirthing Educator. She is an experienced classroom teacher, with a degree in Science and Education. She’s studied hypnotherapy for fertility and motherhood, energy healing, and is currently completing her yoga teacher training.

Alecia’s passion for birth includes her position on the Queensland Health Clinical Guidelines Steering Committee and Maternity Choices Australia’s Queensland Committee where she has worked on numerous Queensland Health Clinical Guideline, been involved in consumer feedback for midwives, met with Health Ministers to advocate for continuity of care midwifery and been involved with local maternity service infrastructure and development.

Due to her ties with rural Queensland, she very passionate about ensuring rural couples have access to great maternity care and antenatal education.

Click here to contact Alecia via our HypnoBirthing Educator Directory


Justine Van Der Wattjustine-van-der-watt
Midwife, Registered Nurse, Lactation Consultant & HBCE

Justine Van Der Watt is an experienced Midwife, Nurse and Lactation Consultant in Perth, WA. Justine works for 2 hospitals in Perth – one as a midwife, the other as a nurse in the NICU. She also helps run the Postitive Birth Movement in Perth.

Justine is a HypnoBirthing mother, having used the program for the birth of her daughter in 2014. By early 2016 she was looking for a ‘sea change’ in regards to her work life and her midwife suggested she start teaching antenatal classes.  Justine trained as a HypnoBirthing Educator in 2016, and started her business ‘Cherished Parenting’ providing antenatal education and lactation consultancy. In December 2017 Justine became qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation consultant, and does in home consultations, as well as stocking Spectra breast pumps.

Click here to contact Justine via our HypnoBirthing Educator Directory.

Contact our HypnoBirthing in Australia committee via: [email protected]